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The Life Savers Called Online FDs


wealthymattersThe one good think about fixed deposits is the absolute predictability of returns, as long as they are not closed prematurely. Add to this that unlike a lot of other fixed income instruments, fixed deposits are available for all tenures upto 10 years, and you can now use fixed deposits to design your own financial products.

The only drawback is the extremely low deposit insurance  in India.The Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation provides insurance to each customer of a Scheduled Bank for deposits up to Rs 1 lakh in case of  bank failure. This limit is applicable across all the deposits, including savings, current, fixed and recurring. This limit remains Rs 1 lakh even if the sum of all deposits (including accrued interest) exceeds the same. Worse, non-scheduled banks ,companies and other institutions offering fixed deposits don’t provide this small comfort either. Of of what use is predictability of returns if basic security and return of capital is not guaranteed ? Read more of this post

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How To Switch Your Car Insurance Policy


When your car insurance policy is slated for renewal, the norm of thought and practice is to quickly pay the premium and stay with the same insurance provider you’ve been with for years. But ,I think, just like upgrading your car, you should switch your car insurer every few years and ensure yourself the best deal possible.

Here are simple steps to make a successful switch:

Carefully Compare Policies
When you decide it is time to move on from your current car insurer, first be sure to shop around and compare policies. With the arrival of ‘comparison websites’, not only can you scout for car insurance online, but you can also compare policies side by side. During your analysis, consider important factors like total coverage, deductibles, limits, benefits and other features before finalising the best fit for you. Read more of this post

Fixed Deposits And Equities In The Barbell Strategy


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If the all the risk-reward stories of the portfolio theory mutualfundwale don’t grab you, here’s an alternative strategy for the independent investor : The Barbell Strategy.

Here’s what it involves :

Building a portfolio that recalls a barbell. That is : On one side, there’s a basket of extremely safe investments. On the other side, there’s a basket of extremely speculative plays. The weight is distributed between two extremes, with almost nothing in the middle. Read more of this post

The Edelweiss Mobile Trader For Ready Reference


The EMT/Edelweiss Mobile Trader is the India’s highest rated stock market app. Its got a 4.4 Google app rating. And I’d say its well deserved. Its fast, clean and has a contemporary feel to it and packs just about all the information you could want in one place. I simply love it.

An iOS version, rated 4.3 is also available for Apple aficionados.

What are the truly fab features of this free trading app?

1.)For one, you the user,always have access to real-time streaming quotes ,both NSE and BSE, and can track your watch list, monitor the  markets and track your holdings,even if you aren’t logged in. And there is none of the 2-3 seconds lag found in most comparable apps.

2.)Then again you can can track and trade across Equity, Equity Derivatives, Commodity, Currency Derivatives, NCDs, Bonds, Debt and e-SIP across NSE, BSE, MCX and NCDEX, all in one place. This is not something you can find being offered by all brokerages ,all in one place, with a single log-in. Certainly my current service provider doesn’t.

3.) Next you  can see the Top Gainers & Losers, Most Active, 52 Week High & Low, Volume Buzzers, FII DII Flows, Sector Performance, Roll Over Analysis, Option Chain, etc. details all in one place in a concise and easy to locate manner.

4.)If day trading is your thing,this  app also offers users live, tick-by-tick intraday charts to help you take the right decisions on the move. Read more of this post

Technical Analysis For Fundamental Investors


wealthymattersTechnical Analysis of stocks and Fundamental Analysis are often spoken of in dichotomous terms; The former being the sole preserve of speculators and the latter of genuine investors in the stock market.

However, as all fundamental investors know, Mr Market is something of a maniac depressive with wide mood swings ranging from absolute depression to euphoria. So waiting for market prices to reflect  intrinsic values can often be a long and frustrating wait ,costing money in terms of missed opportunity and worse cost actual money if fundamental investors take positions based on their analysis and get the timing wrong. And it is here that Technical Analysis can help fundamental investors by tipping them off on which way stock price might move. Read more of this post

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